A solitary man
Walks on a long
Glistening road,
Running between
The ripe green fields,
In this August rain;
A horse old
Stands in the street,
Eyes watery,
Tail flipping;
A shop selling
Used furniture,
Is crammed with
Lots of vacant chairs and
The three images
Like the unending,
Of the screaming couples,
Old or new,
Like the sparring warriors,
Of Ancient Rome,
Bald arguments,
Their swords that cut
And thrust,
And draw blood,
In the heart,
Arguments running
Making no sense,
Done only
To spite the other
Angry, hissing
In stuffy curtained rooms;
Heard erupting,
These clashes verbal,
And then forgotten,
As boring routine,
Snatches of hatred,
Embedded in loveless marriages,
Caught by other avid listeners,
Who forget their own,
On lonely nights,
When rain comes
And knocks at the doors,
Like a wandering
Unwelcome tramp,
Across the urban centers,
To Mumbai,
Isolation supreme.

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About Sunil Sharma

Sunil Sharma is Mumbai-based senior academic, critic, literary editor and author with 22 published books: Seven collections of poetry; three of short fiction; one novel; a critical study of the novel, and, eight joint anthologies on prose, poetry and criticism, and, one joint poetry collection. He is a recipient of the UK-based Destiny Poets’ inaugural Poet of the Year award---2012. His poems were published in the prestigious UN project: Happiness: The Delight-Tree: An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry, in the year 2015. Sunil edits the English section of the monthly bilingual journal Setu published from Pittsburgh, USA: For more details, please visit the website:

1 thought on “Solitary

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    The grist of the everyday gathered up and ground mercilessly by the wheels of Sunil’s poetic imagination that by its process transforms the ephemeral into meaningful narrative.


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